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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Season Opener, Tartuffe Extends Run Due to Critical Acclaim



MADISON, NJ — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2018 season opening production, Tartuffe, will extend its run after much critical and audience acclaim. The French masterpiece directed by Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte began performances on May 16 and will now play until June 10.

A “superb production that will whet your appetite for more,” as declared by NJ Arts Maven.

“We’re thrilled that the response to Tartuffe has been so enthusiastic that we can offer an extra week of performances to our audience base. Patrons will have seven new performance options to see this wonderful cast in this brilliant comedy by Molière,” said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte.

Renowned translator Richard Wilbur brings Molière’s play to vibrant life for English-speaking audiences. Veteran company member Brent Harris plays the title role and is joined by STNJ favorites Patrick Toon and Victoria Mack, as well as two-time Tony Award nominee, Vivian Reed. Patrons can purchase tickets at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by going online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Tartuffe, the consummate con man, hypocrite, and womanizer, meets his match under Molière’s deft pen. A masterpiece of biting social commentary brilliantly enclosed in a swirl of witty verse, outrageous characters, and delightful machinations; the 17th century family featured in this serious comedy will feel very familiar to 21st century Americans.

Performance Times:

  • Tuesdays ­– 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 8:00 p.m.
  • Fridays ­– 8:00 p.m.Saturday matinees ­– 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday evenings – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday evenings – 7:30 p.m.

George Street special benefit play reading of Eugene Pack’s new comedy ‘Night with Oscar’

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George Street Playhouse has announced that three-time Golden Globe nominee and two-time Emmy Award nominee Rob Morrow (TV’s Northern Exposure, Billions), two-time Emmy winner Robert Wuhl (Bull Durham, TV’s Arli$$), and Talia Balsam (TV’s Mad Men, Homeland) will star in a special benefit play reading of Eugene Pack’s hysterical new comedy Night with Oscar on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Eugene Pack is the creator of the off-Broadway hit comedy sensation Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, which won the Drama Desk Award in the category of "Unique Theatrical Experience." He is also an Emmy Award-nominated writer and TV producer.

Pack, along with this star-studded cast from some of television's most popular and groundbreaking shows, will present a staged reading of his hilarious new comedy, which peeks in on a Long Island family’s unraveling on Oscar night.

The cast for the one-night-only event also includes Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones, GSP’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Kally Duling (Broadway’s Fun Home, GSP’s American Hero), Peter Falls (TV’s The Mysteries of Laura, Unforgettable), George Merrick (Broadway’s Honeymoon in Vegas, GSP’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and Dayle Reyfel (Celebrity Autobiography).

Tickets are on sale now and start at $58,  A limited number of seats are available starting at $99 that include a post-play reception and meet-and-greet with the celebrity cast. For tickets and more information, call the George Street Playhouse box office at 732-246-7717 or visit www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org.

New Play Reading at Dreamcatcher Repertory


Why are our neighbors disappearing?

Wolf at the Door

by Richard Dresser

Directed by Laura Ekstrand

Wednesday, May 23 @ 7 pm

An upper west side apartment building has a new owner, and the residents are spooked. Why are their neighbors steadily disappearing? Why are the Norwegians being confined to the top floor? And what are the intentions of their landlord, who has yet to keep any of his promises?

About the playwright: 

Richard Dresser's plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. They include Rounding Third, which started in Chicago, appeared off-Broadway and has had hundreds of productions.  It was recently made into a film starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt for release in 2016.  Below the Belt and Gun-Shy, both started at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving off-Broadway.  Below the Belt was made into the film  "Human Error" directed by Robert M. Young which appeared at Sundance.  His trilogy of plays about happiness in America includes Augusta (working class), The Pursuit of Happiness (middle class), and A View of the Harbor (upper class).  Other plays are: The Last Days of Mickey & Jean, Something in the Air, The Downside, Alone at the Beach, Wonderful World, and Better Days,plus many short plays.

General Admission $10.00

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2964539

What is the Meet the Artist Series ?

The new play reading series is a chance for the audience to participate in the development of new works, both to hear the play read by professional actors and also to discuss the project with the playwright, director and actors afterward.  Feedback from these evenings helps the playwrights to further refine their scripts and also gives them a first-hand experience of how the audience will respond to the finished work. These evenings provide a fun and lively way to interact with the creative process, and to receive a preview of plays that may be performed on Dreamcatcher's mainstage in the future.

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

www.dreamcatcherrep.org

Friday, May 18, 2018

‘Tartuffe’ Opens at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ this week


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TARTUFFE by Molière and translated by Richard Wilbur. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2018. Directed by Bonnie J. Monte. Pictured (left to right): Patrick Toon as Orgon and Brent Harris as Tartuffe. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.

Submit to Direct at OLT in 2019!



Old Library Theatre is seeking submissions from individuals interested in directing a show during our upcoming 2019 season.

Scheduled performance dates will be:

Two-Weekend Musicals:

(1) March 22-24 & 29-31 (Friday through Sunday)
(2) July 26-28 & August 2-4 (Friday through Sunday)
(3) October 18-20 & 25-27 (Friday through Sunday)

One-Weekend Play:

(1) November 22-24 (Friday through Sunday)

One Act Play Festival:

(1) February 21-24 (Thursday through Sunday)

Youth Productions:

(1) January 17-20 (Thursday through Sunday)
(2) December 19-22 (Thursday through Sunday)

Candidates must complete the online Director Submission Form by July 1. For additional information, consult our Submission Instructions.

Auditions: Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Nance” for Circle Players

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PISCATAWAY – Circle Players of Piscataway announces auditions for the first production of our 2018/2019 season, “The Nance”, written by Douglas Carter Beane and directed by Jon Heron. Auditions will be held:

· Monday, June 11th, 7 to 9 pm

· Thursday, June 14th, 7 to 9 pm.

· Callbacks on Tuesday, June 18th, 7 to 9 pm. (Please note callbacks are by invitation only.)

The production runs Sept 28th through Oct 14th, 2018.
"THE NANCE" is a highly entertaining and funny exploration of gay life in 1937, a time when being openly gay was often dangerous.  It is an ensemble show in which all characters, except Ned, are part of a burlesque company doing comedy sketches.  Expert comic timing required.  The ability to play an instrument, juggle or dance/sing, etc., especially for the female roles, is a plus, although not required.  Note: the women wear burlesque costumes and do some stripping, but there will be no nudity for them.  The stripping is comical rather than sexual.

The auditions will consist of readings from the show.

Cast Breakdown:

· Chauncey Miles – 30s to early 50s.  An elegant, refined gay man, who dresses and speaks show biz every minute of the day.  In the burlesque sketches, he plays the character of “the nance,” an extremely effeminate gay character, played for laughs.

· Ned – Brief nudity required.  20s to mid-30s, a handsome, down-to-earth butch gay guy.  He knows who he is and doesn’t like playing games about it. 

· Sylvie – Burlesque performer, 20s to 40s.  She’s got a communist party membership card, and don’t you forget it.  Very opinionated.  Very Brooklyn.

· Joan – Burlesque performer.  20s to early 40s.  Loves her liquor (maybe a little too much) and loves her job.

· Carmen – Latin spitfire type, burlesque performer.  20s to early 40s.

· Efram – 30s to early 60s.  Top banana in the burlesque sketches.  A New York Jew who tolerates communists and pansies, but doesn’t really like them, and makes sure you know it. 

Auditions will be held at Circle Playhouse, 416 Victoria Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854. Questions may be submitted to the theater at circleplayersnj@gmail.com.

The Lord Stirling Theater Company Performs Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ in Basking Ridge June 1-10

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Basking Ridge, NJ: The Lord Stirling Theater Company will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice,” in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. “Othello” will open on Friday, June 1, at 7:30PM, with additional performances on June 2 at 7:30PM, June 3 at 2:00PM, June 8 and 9 at 7:30PM, and June 10 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $20 general admission, or $15 for seniors (65 and over), Farmstead Arts members, and students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com or at the door (cash only).

Othello, the Moor, is a general in the Venetian army. He secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent Venetian senator. Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbors jealousy and resentment towards the Moor for having promoted another soldier, Cassio, ahead of him. He also suspects that Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emilia. To get revenge, Iago devises a plan to plant suspicions in Othello’s mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him with Cassio. Iago’s lies and insinuations drive Othello mad with jealousy and incite him into a murderous rage, with tragic results.

Written around 1604, “Othello” is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, and its themes of jealousy, manipulation, and division remain relevant to the present day.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

John McEwen of NJ Theatre Alliance Receives Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award

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(Morristown, NJ) On June 14th, 2018, at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ, John McEwen, Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) will receive The Robert J. Smythe Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser from the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (“AFP-NJ”) PHOTO ABOVE.

Since 1981, AFP-NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards have recognized the achievements of some of the most notable citizens and organizations in the State who have dedicated their efforts toward making New Jersey a better place to live. Information on the ceremony and tickets are available at afp-nj.org or by calling (732) 279-4258.

“I am grateful and humbled to be recognized by my peers for doing a job that gives me great joy,” said McEwen. “It allows me to use my skills and resources to make sure theatre and the arts remain vital to our communities, and available and accessible for everyone in New Jersey.”

Connie Alexis-Laona, Alliance board member and philanthropy consultant, and Nina Stack, President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, nominated McEwen for the honor. “It was my pleasure to nominate John as AFP-NJ's Outstanding Professional Fundraiser,” said Alexis-Laona. “As an arts leader who believes in the power of philanthropy, John's fundraising and community-building efforts have benefitted the New Jersey arts community for many decades.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

George Street Playhouse honors DR. PENELOPE LATTIMER for arts advocacy at Annual Gala Benefit

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(L to R:) George Street Playhouse Board Chair James N. Heston; Robert Campbell; GSP Board President Penelope Lattimer, Ph.D.; GSP Gala Committee Chair Kenneth M. Fisher Jr. (jerry Dalia)

New Brunswick, NJ –  George Street Playhouse’s Annual Gala Benefit, held Sunday, May 6, at the Heldrich in downton New Brunswick, saw GSP Board President Dr. Penelope Lattimer honored with the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award. The black-tie event also celebrated the work of renowned playwright and friend of the Playhouse, the late Arthur Laurents, who would have turned 100 this year, with performances of songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, La Cage aux Folles, and his other Broadway hits.

The Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award pays tribute to an individual, corporation or foundation whose dedication to the arts enhances the cultural life of the citizens of New Jersey. Dr. Lattimer was this year’s recipient for her career as a distinguished educator and a leading voice for the arts and arts integration in education in New Jersey. Dr. Lattimer’s passion for the arts carried over into her service as a board trustee for several prominent New Jersey arts organizations, including George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School, Grounds for Sculpture, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

GSP Artistic Director David Saint hosted the evening’s Cabaret, which featured performances from Michele Ragusa (Broadway’s Young Frankenstein, Urinetown), Lee Roy Reams (Broadway’s 42nd Street, The Producers), Ross Lekites (Broadway’s Frozen, Kinky Boots), Solea Pfeifer (West Coast tour of Hamilton, TV’s Scandal), and renowned tenor Richard Troxell (New York City Center Encores! Do I Hear A Waltz?, Lt. Pinkerton in Frédéric Mitterrand's 1995 film version of Madama Butterfly). Representing George Street Playhouse’s 2017-18 season were Laiona Michelle (Broadway’s Amazing Grace, GSP’s American Hero), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones, GSP’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and Kally Duling (Broadway’s Fun Home, GSP’s American Hero).

Audition: ‘The Outsiders’ at Holmdel

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THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton adapted by Christopher Sergel

Directed by Kirk White

Audition Dates:

Wednesday May 16 & Thursday May 17, 2018 7-9:30 PM

Callbacks (if necessary) Saturday May 19 2:00 PM

Duncan Smith Theater 36 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733 (White Barn on the corner of Holmdel High School grounds)

Production Dates:

July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, Aug 3, 4, 5

Cast members must keep rehearsal scheduling conflicts to a minimum.

Needed are a range of performers, both female and male, all ages and ethnicities welcome. No pre-registration is required. Monologues are welcome but not required. Audition sides from the script will be provided at auditions.

All Roles Are Open.

"The Outsiders," a play based on the classic novel by S.E. Hinton, adapted by Christoper Sergel. Seen through the eyes of Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life who is caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids, "The Socs," and his tough, underprivileged family and friends. As these young people try to find themselves and each other, the sadness of sophistication begins to reach them, and change them.

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

Ponyboy: Male, 14-18  Greaser. novel’s narrator and protagonist; the youngest of the Greasers; his literary interests and academic accomplishments set him apart from the rest of his gang; because his parents have died in a car accident, he lives with his brothers Darry and Sodapop; Darry repeatedly accuses him of lacking common sense, but Ponyboy is a reliable and observant narrator; he struggles with class division, violence, innocence, and familial love, but matures, eventually realizing the importance of strength in the face of class bias.

Johnny Cade: Male, 14-18  Greaser. physically small for his age; does not succeed in school, but approaches intellectual matters with steady concentration; child of alcoholic, abusive parents; nervous and sensitive; since his parents do not care for him, he sees the Greasers as his true family; in turn, the older boys, particularly Dally, are protective of him.

Dallas (Dally) Winston: Male, 16-18  Greaser. the toughest hood in Ponyboy’s group; a hardened teen who used to run with gangs in New York; unlike his friends, does not put grease in his hair; his violent tendencies make him more dangerous than the other Greasers, and he takes pride in his criminal record; feels protective of Johnny Cade.

Two-Bit: Male, 17-19  Greaser. joker of Ponyboy’s group; his real name is Keith, a wisecracker who regularly shoplifts; prizes his sleek black-handled switchblade; instigates the hostilities between the Socs and the Greasers by flirting with Marcia, the girlfriend of a Soc.

Darry: Male, 20-22  Greaser. Ponyboy’s oldest brother who is raising Ponyboy because their parents have died in a car crash; strong, athletic, and intelligent; has quit school; works two jobs to hold the family together; unofficial leader of the Greasers; becomes an authority figure for Ponyboy; makes good chocolate cake, which he and his brothers eat every day for breakfast; other Greasers call him “Superman.”

Sodapop: Male, 16-18  Greaser. Ponyboy’s brother; a high school dropout; works at the local gas station; "movie-star" handsome; Ponyboy envies Sodapop’s good looks and charm; plans to marry Sandy, a Greaser girl.

Sherry, “Cherry” Valance: Female 16-18  Soc. The one everyone is in love with. Cherry is sharp, tougher and more savvy than your average Soc but ultimately she’s looking for acceptance and love; same as everyone else. She befriends Ponyboy and Johnny and stands up to her Soc Boyfriend to protect them but when everything falls apart, her loyalties are truly tested. Ultimately she rejects the notions of the class system…although there are moments when this is tested.

Marcia: Female 16-18  Soc. Although she is generally a few steps behind her best friend, Cherry, Marcia is every bit as fierce. Her wit is lighting fast and acerbic. She’s tough and not afraid to go toe to toe with the Greasers. She flirts with and (maybe?) likes Two-Bit.

Sandy: Female, 15-18  Greaser. Sandy has an abusive homelife that has darkened her almost to the point of no return. She loves Soda-Pop and would like nothing more than to have a life with him, but her circumstances force her to make tough choices.

Bob Sheldon: Male, 18-20  Soc. Cherry’s boyfriend, presumably possessing many fine character attributes…unfortunately he’s a mean drunk and we don’t get to see many of those. Mr. Hyde more often than Dr. Jekyll, Bob is vicious and cruel to the Greaser, pursues them with relentless menace and pays the ultimate price for his abuse.

Randy: Male, 18-20  Soc. Bob’s friend and Marcia’s boyfriend. Randy goes along with Bob’s cruelty but his heart is not in it. He hates this class system and eventually sympathizes and agrees to help the greasers, but reminds Ponyboy that nothing will change.

Adult Male/Ensemble Leader: 35-60  Similar to the Stage Manager in Our Town, this actor will play multiple adult roles in the show as well as coordinate and lead the ensemble in creating the theatrical world of the play. He’s Ponyboy’s teacher, Mr. Syme and therefore a constant presence as the play is basically Pony’s paper to him. Should have a strong presence and be capable of multiple, believable characters at the drop of a hat. Improv, movement, musical, and ensemble theatre skills a plus (but not a pre-requisite)

Ensemble Males & Females 14-20  Think Zanni in classic Comedia del’arte. The ensemble will, under the direction of the Ensemble Leader, create and perform the world of the play. This includes, but is not limited to, playing supporting roles, being extras in multiple scenes, creating the various locations and ambiance theatrically, providing sound effects and music accompaniment to various scenes, fighting a huge street rumble and last but not least, convincingly portraying a raging FIRE! These are show-stealing, super fun and physically demanding roles and we cannot stress the physically demanding part as you will basically be in motion from the moment the audience starts to enter the house until the final bow. Dance, movement, improv and fight skills a plus (although not a pre-requisite). Please note any musical instruments (esp percussion) you play well.

JUNE READING

My Old Friend

A new play by Stephen Larsen

Monday, June 4, 2018 7PM

November 5, 1980. John Lennon, alone in his apartment at the Dakota in New York city, is at a crossroads. He has been having recurring dreams of death… ready to make big changes in his life… if he can summon up the courage. Just then, who should appear, unannounced at his door – having charmed his way past the Dakota's gatekeeper? Paul McCartney – whom he hasn’t seen for some four years. John is astounded – glad – and wary – about the sudden appearance of his old friend. Can they mend fences? Can they come together? Or are they forever doomed to be bound by the strands and complications of their shared history…

$5 Suggested Donation

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Accepting Applications Worldwide for 30th International Vocal Competition

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--Early Bird Registration Deadline July 31, 2018--

(Fort Lee, New Jersey; May 14, 2018) – Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) 30th Annual International Vocal Competition. The early bird registration deadline is July 31, 2018.

"As unbelievable as it is, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is going to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Though it certainly does not seem that long, we have come a long way. Our productions are bigger and grander. The audiences have grown to new heights. The caliber of our artists is top draw, and we are very proud our vocal competition has helped many young artists experience the 'big stage' with us. The free masterclasses we offer for the finalists have given many participants a chance to grow and move on to a great career," said Amara, who performed for over 40 years at the Metropolitan Opera in 882 on stage performances in 56 roles.

Preliminary Auditions

Preliminary auditions occur on November 1, 3, 6, and 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Final auditions are held on December 6, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All auditions take place at Nola Studios in New York City in the United States of America. The application deadline is October 18, 2018. A professional accompanist is provided to all vocalists participating in the preliminary and final auditions.

At the preliminary auditions, a luminary panel of judges officiates, including Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara; Maestra Lucy Arner, Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; and Evelyn La Quaif, General Manager and Stage Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Upon request, the judges' comments are sent to all preliminary participants and finalists.

Free Master Class

A free master class is offered to all applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions, and finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition will be invited to attend three four-hour free master classes. During the master classes led by Amara and La Quaif, artists learn deportment, language, style and presentation at auditions.

Finalists are given feedback; extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation; and the opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera's fully staged upcoming productions. Winners receive cash awards totaling $3,500 ($2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize).

Application

All applicants are required to send an application, a resume, a bio, a MP3 file or a CD containing an aria recording, an 8 x 10 black and white photo, and the application fee. An application may be downloaded at http://bit.ly/NJAVO2018VCApplication. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the competition.

The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, 2018, changing to $75 on August 1, 2018. Payment may be made securely online at http://verismopera.org/donate-2/ located at the bottom of the page or by check made out and sent to Verismo Opera, P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024.

Verismo Opera, the Bergen Performing Arts Center's (bergenPAC) house opera company, is recognized for providing opportunities for artists to learn and perform in a professional environment with a live orchestra. Vocal competition winners and finalists perform in several of Verismo Opera's productions. The 28th and 29th Annual International Vocal Competition's first prize winners, sopranos Zhanna Alkhazova and Yulan Piao, performed in Verismo Opera's debut of Turandot.

For further information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact info@verismopera.org or call (201) 886-0561.

About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

For 29 years, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey, has been an integral part of the region’s classical music culture. Led by Metropolitan Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera is the Bergen Performing Arts Center's house opera company. Verismo Opera provides performing opportunities for artists through semi-annual productions and concerts, directs an international vocal competition drawing artists worldwide, and organizes opera workshops and master classes.

For information, visit Verismo Opera's web site, www.verismopera.org; follow the company on Facebook, http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera; or call (201) 886-0561.


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Lucine Amara presented soprano Yulan Piao, the first place winner in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 29th Annual International Vocal Competition, the $2,000 award at the opera company's production of Turandot. Ms. Piao performed the role of Liu.

Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

‘Annie’ Shines at The Barn Theatre

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Annie

Written by Thomas Meehan, Book by Charles Strouse, Music by Martin Charnin

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Box Office Performances:
5/18/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 5/19/2018 @ 2:00 PM, 5/20/2018 @ 2:00 PM
5/26/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 5/27/2018 @ 2:00 PM
6/1/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 6/2/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 6/3/2018 @ 2:00 PM
6/8/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 6/9/2018 @ 8:00 PM

The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, New Jersey

Cast

Grace Farrell
Jenn Bedell

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Elizabeth Bigham

Duffy
Zoe Davies

Orphan Chorus / Understudy: Annie
Jayden Declet

Kate
Gianna DePreta

Orphan Chorus
Ava DiGiovanni

Bert Healy/Harold Ickes
Jeff Dopson

Mrs. Pugh / Ensemble
Nancy Flynn Brennan

Lily St. Regis
Meg Foley

NYC Kid
David Gilgur

NYC Kid
Samantha Gilgur

Usherette / Ensemble
Susan Hagen

Drake (May 16-18)
Scott Hart

Tessie
Alexandra Hermans

Cecille / Connie Boylan / Ensemble
Lindsey Hresko

Annie
Eve Johnson

Bonnie Boylan
Dana Kemp

Apple Seller
Leonard Klein

Pepper
Brooke Lelia

FDR
Rich Maloy

Rooster Hannigan
Brian Merrill

NYC Kid / Molly Understudy / Orphan Chorus
Luna Mills

Orphan Chorus / Swing
Louise Miniter

Sophie the Kettle / Ronnie Boylan
Shannon Phillips

Star to Be / Ensemble
Adelaide Prekopa

Molly
Valentina Reale

Eddie/Louis Howe/ensemble
Lawrence Sanders

Daddy Warbucks
Tom Schopper

Mrs. Greer / Ensemble
Leslie Silverman

Miss Hannigan
Sharon Singleton

Drake (May 25 - June 9)
Alan Van Antwerp

Annette / Ensemble
Sydney Warren

Dogcatcher / Ensemble
Thomas Wertheimer

Dreamcatcher’s Multiple Personality Disorder: Improv Comedy on October 14!

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DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, celebrates spring with an evening of improv comedy featuring its resident troupe, MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, on Saturday, October 14.  This unpredictable evening is an affordable, enjoyable evening that is packed with laughs from start to finish.

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER features a cast of Dreamcatcher improv regulars, including Laura Ekstrand, Noreen Farley, Lulu French and more. Look out for a special guest or two from the New York improv scene via the Upright Citizens Brigade and Gotham City Improv.

The show includes improvisational comedy sketches that use audience suggestions to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage.  Performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange maladies, and unusual circumstances to cook up unconventional mini-plays that appear and disappear in a matter of minutes.  Every show is unique, with delightful surprises throughout the evening.

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER will appear (and disappear!) at Dreamcatcher on Saturday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20, and $15.00 for students 15 and younger.  To purchase tickets in advance, go to www.dreamcatcherrep.org or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

The performance is at Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.  The parking lot is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theatre. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654, www.DreamcatcherRep.org.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

NJ Rep to Premiere Mercy


LONG BRANCH, NJ – New Jersey Repertory Company located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the world premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s Mercy from June 14 through July 15, 2018. This surprisingly funny, dark comedy is directed by Gail Winar, and stars Christopher Daftsios, Dan Grimaldi, Nandita Shenoy, and Jacob A. Ware.

After his wife is killed in a car accident, Orville attempts to move on with his life. His father takes on the responsibility of caring for his new granddaughter, while his boss at work, aggressively tries to comfort him. However, everything changes for Orville when he inadvertently meets Ian, the troubled man responsible for his wife's death.  Will Orville choose redemption or revenge?

Tickets, Subscriptions, Reservations

Mercy runs June 14 through July 15, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, June 16 at 3:00 PM. Opening night with reception is Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 PM.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 PM; Saturdays 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays 2:00 PM.

Tickets are $46 (opening night with reception, $60; premium seating + $5). Annual subscriptions are $225 per person. For tickets or additional information call 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.